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22, October 2017

The Importance (And Challenges) of One Red Flyer

Panoramas of the City features some pretty breathtaking objects that immediately capture your attention as you make your way through the exhibit. There’s a stunning dress from a Veiled Prophet queen, a carefully restored 1927 Ford Model T Fordor Sedan, and a collection of some of the most eye-catching medals and awards won by Charles Lindbergh. Read more »

20, October 2017

A Personal Quest to Prove St. Louis the Best

For much of the United States of America’s first century, its national capital was a half-built city in a swamp. As the country expanded westward, and particularly in the years just after the Civil War, loud voices clamored for the removal of the US capital from Washington, DC. They argued that it was simply common sense to move it to the geographic center of the country: St. Louis, Missouri. Read more »

18, October 2017

Selling a War: World War I Propaganda

American leaders faced quite the public-relations crisis after finally deciding to enter World War I in April 1917. During the preceding three years of fighting in Europe, a serious split had developed in the United States between those who favored preparedness, including former president Theodore Roosevelt, and those who supported neutrality. The latter consisted of people who believed the fight was “Europe’s War” and first- and second-generation Europeans, often Germans, who wanted to avoid conflict with their native lands. St. Read more »

12, October 2017

Hidden Gems of Our Manuscript Archives

The Missouri Historical Society's Manuscript Archives contain more than 3,000 individual collections that range in size from a single document to 1,800 boxes full of documents. The vast array of material makes it difficult, if not impossible, for us archivists to know what’s in all of them. However, through our two primary tasks—processing collections and assisting researchers—we get to know the collections better.  Read more »

10, October 2017

Hidden Gems of Our Photos & Prints Archives

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Missouri Historical Society's photograph and print collections for 20 years now, and even in that amount of time there are still images I’ve never seen. We have more than 900 distinct collections of related images that include, at our best estimate, about 1 million pictures. Some collections, such as the Easterly Daguerreotype Collection, and anything having to do with the 1904 World’s Fair, the riverfront, or St. Read more »

6, October 2017

German Day at the 1904 World's Fair

If you were to tell a St. Louisan just after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase that in 100 years a celebration of German heritage would be one of the biggest parties around, you’d likely have been laughed out of town! Back then St. Louis was a largely French city, having just been purchased from France by the United States. Yet German Day at the centennial celebration of the Louisiana Purchase—better known as the 1904 World’s Fair—did indeed draw crowds from around the globe. The October 6 event was ultimately the fourth most attended day of the Fair. Read more »

4, October 2017

Join the Crowd at the 1937 Veiled Prophet Ball

When our team was trying to decide which panoramas to enlarge for our Panoramas of the City exhibit, we knew they had to be visually striking and contain a wealth of historical information about St. Louis. One such image was a panorama shot at the 1937 Veiled Prophet Ball, which was held in the Municipal Auditorium downtown. Read more »

1, October 2017

Curator Faves: Environmental Life Edition

Our region’s location at the center of the continent, with many great rivers, is enviable for building community and culture. Geography and environments collide and combine here, creating tremendous biological and resource diversity. As an environmental historian, I’m interested in the choices we make—as our region's current residents—and how those choices will (or won't) sustain future generations. As a curator, I want to preserve and exhibit artifacts that get people excited about our history of decisions. Read more »

1, October 2017

Broadening Teens' Horizons: TMH Academy

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it? Design and create a pop-up exhibit that includes and connects the special objects your team members have brought from home. Read more »

29, September 2017

An Autumn Day Unlike Any Other

Natural disasters have shaped the history of St. Louis from very early on. The Mississippi River and its many tributaries have swollen over their banks multiple times, violent earthquakes have shaken the region to its core, and fire and disease have swept through separately and simultaneously. Read more »